Day 3 – June 20, 2001
Tremonton, UT to Malta,
12.38 average speed
7:12.11 total ride time
221.17 total trek miles
Our readers might notice that our intended destination for
today is not the one to which we actually arrived.
It is not hard to know the reason, for our target mileage
for today was a trifle over one hundred twenty.
That was an extremely optimistic, as well as a rather
inane, goal. Our weakness
fixed that oversight and very soon we realized our bodies would
not carry us all the way to Burley like we first hoped. So we settled into the idea of traveling “just”
We rode to Snowville on Interstate 84 over enormous hills. In Snowville, people began to come up to us and ask what we were
doing and several of them gave us money.
We probably received about one hundred dollars while lunching
Then it began.
The ride from Snowville to Malta was excruciating.
The road was meticulously straight, with a gradual uphill
slope for twenty or so miles. The map indicated that there was a town on
the way called Stravell, so we kept a look out for it. Our attention was futile, however, and the
town didn’t exist. It was
a disappointing circumstance, which Jake dealt with by laying his
bike down and sitting down in the middle of the road to await his
fate. Unfortunately, a car passes only once every
couple days, so Jake would have had to wait a long time. Bad luck.
Better luck next time.
We went on. Slowly. When we finally arrived everything hurt, but we were welcomed in
Malta by some of the nicest people we have yet met. A friend of my sister
had agreed to help us and he knew people in Malta and that was that.
We were treated royally, showered in the church, fed incredible
amounts of food and slept on the public baseball field.
I should mention that the town is home to a whopping 171
people. Needless to say, we were glad they found space
in their little place for us.